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Where window owners are offering hospitality, please note this will be on a 'while stocks last' basis!

Katies the Baker

Tuesday 1st December: opening at 8.20 am
'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' at
Katie's the Baker, 3 High Street, AL6 9EE

Designed and constructed by Katies bakers and confectioners, their bakery window will depict the scene of Rudolph pulling Santa in his sleigh over a frosted village during a starry night. The village houses and Church will be made of frosted bread and lit up with fairy lights. There will be a competition to win a gingerbread house based on counting the number of gingerbread stars hanging in the window. Free gingerbread cookies will be available for all at the time of the 'unveiling'.

The Old Welwyn Florist

Wednesday, 2nd December: opening at 3.45 pm
'Angels from the Realms of Glory' at
The Old Welwyn Florist, 36 High Street, AL6 9EQ

The staff at the Old Welwyn Florist will utilise their creative floral skills and natural flair to create a wonderful scene in the shop's side window. This will feature a lit archway and three floating angels each carrying a carol book, or a harp or a trumpet. The Old Welwyn Florist is committed to supporting the Willow Foundation and will be preparing 'Remembrance Baubles' to incorporate into the display. The Advent Window will be revealed at 3.45 pm and children attending will receive gifts of sweets.

The White Hart Hotel

Thursday, 3rd December: opening at 6.00 pm
'Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly' at
The White Hart Hotel, 2 Prospect Place, AL6 9EN

Produced by local young design graduates, Hannah and Olly Sussams, their design is based on the traditional elements of the carol incorporating a contemporary twist with the use of bold colours, lighting and mixed media, echoing the fun and excitement that the carol conveys, and intricate detailing will become evident as the viewer gets closer. Hannah is a textiles design graduate specialising within home interior fabrics and fashion accessories. She enjoys working with rich decedent materials and is particularly interested in sustainable textiles. Olly is a Graphic Advertising graduate with strengths in contemporary thought-provoking adverts, and he enjoys working on Charity campaigns. They have recently set up a design company called Russet and Hide to work on one-off pieces of art for the home or office. Contact Staff at the White Hart invite you to join them at 6.00 pm for mulled wine and mince pies to celebrate their window opening.

Brian Bishop & Partners

Friday, 4th December: opening at 12.30 pm
'While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night' at
Bryan Bishop & Partners, 9 Church Street, AL6 9LN

The children aged 4 - 5 in Reception Class at
St Mary's Junior School
, assisted by class teacher Lynn Evenett and teaching assistant Vanessa Baker, will make sheep and shepherds using hand-made felting techniques and stitchery. These will be assembled on a background representing Bethlehem. Bryan Bishop & Partners invites people to join them for drinks from 12 noon to 3.00 pm.


Saturday, 5th December: opening at 11.00 am
'The Holly and the Ivy' at
SuSu, 21 High Street, AL6 9EE

SuSu has chosen a traditional interpretation for their production with a bit of a twist. Garlands of rich green holly and ivy, imaginative floral decorations and red velvet caskets overflowing with Christmas gifts will be interspersed with more than a hint of silver to add a touch of sparkle and glamour. Designed and created by Susan Bull who owns and manages SuSu with her daughter Georgina, this window will showcase her skills in styling and visual display. Do join Susan and the girls from 11.00 am for a glass of celebratory bucks fizz.

The White Horse

Sunday, 6th December: opening at 12 noon
'The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came' at
The White Horse, 30 Mill Lane, AL6 9ET

The Archangel Gabriel will be portrayed in sculptural form and accompanied by an icon painted in the traditional method on wood, using egg tempura. To complete the story these will be complemented by a textile icon of Mary and the baby Jesus, and stitched paper stars and cherubims will hang from the ceiling. The window will be produced by artist Dilys Manoy who has exhibited locally and nationally since 1987. She works in various media including textiles, watercolour, print-making and sculpture. The window will be opened to the refrain of the carol sung by members of the St Mary's Church Choir.

Also this afternoon the Christingle Service, especially for children, will take place at St Mary's Church at 3.30 pm.


Monday 7th December: opening at 4.45 pm
'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear' at
AGBIS left-hand window, The Grange, 3 Codicote Road, AL6 9LY

Produced by children of all ages at Sherrardswood School using sculpture, photographs and installation art, the window will depict a scene showing suffering in the world. The Angels then appear to give people hope for the future, and peace descends, children are able to sleep, and happiness is restored.

Also this evening, tickets are available for a fund-raising Christmas Concert at St Mary's Church, given by the Hertfordshire Police Choir in aid of Digswell Place Riding for the Disabled Group. Do come and support this important local charity. Click on the link for more details about the RDA Concert.

The Wellington

Tuesday 8th December: opening at 5.00 pm
'I Saw Three Ships' at
The Wellington, 1 High Street, AL6 9LZ

Fiona Gerard, one of the owners of The Wellington, will paint a scene of the Three Ships onto glass to create the impression of a stained glass window. It will be mounted in a frame and back-lit in one of the sash windows at the front of the building. The Wellington team wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2010, and they look forward to seeing you again in the spring.

The Danesbury QVM Shop

Wednesday 9th December: opening at 10.00 am
'The First Noel' at
The Danesbury & QVM Shop, 4 High Street, AL6 9EQ

This will be a traditional representation of 'The First Noel' with angels, sheep and shepherds in the form of a collage using recycled materials from the shop, presenting the Christmas message in an environmentally-friendly way. The shop supports both Danesbury and the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, and also happens to be a great community centre. We hope you will come to the window opening, and bring your unwanted items and perhaps also buy something. The artwork will be produced by Sally Chandler who is the voluntary services co-ordinator at Danesbury and the QVM. She has been running an art group at Danesbury for many years, helped by volunteer Jill Childs, a retired art teacher.

Off Broadway Travel

Thursday, 10th December: opening at 10.30 am
'Joy to the World' at
Off Broadway Travel, 18 Prospect Place, AL6 9EN

The children and young adults at Lakeside will create angels, trumpets and a world complete with fairy lights to illustrate this carol. The students will all be involved in producing parts of the window using a variety of materials and techniques to express themselves, and create a magical advent window. Lakeside School is in Welwyn Garden City and caters for students with severe and complex learning difficulties aged 2-19. A small group of students, together with the head teacher, will open the window.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Friday, 11th December: opening at 3.45 pm
'We Wish you a Merry Christmas' at
Macmillan Cancer Support, 12 Prospect Place, AL6 9EN

Produced by the 1st Welwyn Brownies and assisted by staff at Macmillan, this will involve several of Macmillan's windows to create a 'home' with a roof and chimney covered in snow, possibly a reindeer or two, and a family sitting room with fireplace. A Christmas tree will be displayed in one of the lower windows and people are encouraged to come in during weekday opening hours (9-5) and write messages to loved ones and pin them on the tree. 'Magical Reindeer Dust' will be on sale too in support of this very worthwhile charity.

The Stable Door

Saturday, 12th December: opening at 9.00 am
'We Three Kings from Orient Are' at
The Stable Door, 12 High Street, AL6 9EQ

Designed and created by Sally Johnson, a member of The Stable Door staff, each window at the front of the restaurant will feature one of the Three Kings, painted onto acetate and lit from behind to give a stained glass effect and an overall impression of the Three Kings in procession. Sally has a BA Hons in Interior Design so is well placed to create a fantastic display. The restaurant will be open from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm, and again from 5.00 to 11.00 pm, on the day their Advent window is revealed.

The Sagar Tandoori

Sunday, 13th December: opening at 6.00 pm
'Silent Night' at
The Sagar Tandoori, 2 High Street, AL6 9EQ

Produced by Mark Tanti on a large canvas using aerosols, this will be a contemporary interpretation of 'Silent Night' incorporating the 'Holy Infant' in an unusual setting. Mark is a BA Hons Community Artist specialising in graffiti art and youth work and has produced many community murals. He has a studio in Fairlands Valley Stevenage and is a Fellow of the Digswell Arts Trust. Sunday night is Banquet Night at the Sagar Tandoori.

Eames Jones Judge Hawkings

Monday, 14th December: opening at 3.45 pm
'Ding Dong Merrily on High' at
Eames Jones Judge Hawkings, 29 High Street, AL6 9EE

Produced by children and staff representing all year groups at Oaklands School this interpretation of the carol in stained glass will include heavenly choirs of angels, church bells ringing and every pupil and teacher of the school depicted as carol singers, illuminated and shining brightly into the dark winter's night. A real Christmas feel -good window, demonstrating the warmth of this small primary school and its community. A group of pupils, staff and parents will be involved in revealing the window, and may sing a carol or two.

Peter Morgan Hairdressing

Tuesday, 15th December: opening at 6.00 pm
'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' at
Peter Morgan Hairdressing, 4 Codicote Road, AL6 9EQ

Produced by the local sculptor and painter Bryan Parkes, and assisted by Clare May, this window will include a life-size sculpture in marble resin of the Holy Family and an additional sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. A backdrop painted onto acrylic giving a back-lit, stained-glass effect will depict the 'Merry Gentlemen'. Peter Morgan invites you to join him for the opening with drinks and mince pies, and chestnuts will be roasting on a brazier at the front of the shop.

Barber & Co LLP

Wednesday, 16th December: opening at 4.00 pm
'Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow' at
Barber & Co right-hand window, The Grange, 3 Codicote Road, AL6 9LY

The staff at Barber & Co LLP, and their children, will be decorating their office window at The Grange with a winter scene including snow characters, snowflakes and twinkling lights - a window not to be missed and a treat for every child. Barber & Co LLP would like to invite everyone to the opening of their Advent window - refreshments will be available for all, and the staff look forward to welcoming you to their event.

Also this evening, come and take part in 'Welwyn's Big Carol Sing' in St Mary's Churchyard from 6.00 - 6.30 pm followed by refreshments of festive cheer in New Church House. Click on the link for more details about Welwyn's Big Carol Sing.

Monty The Cat

Thursday, 17th December: opening at 11.00 am
'The Twelve Days of Christmas' at
Monty the Cat, 24 High Street, AL6 9EQ

Using the 12 panes of glass in the side window this carol will be depicted by themed items of wearable art. For example, 'Seven Swans a Swimming' will be illustrated by models of swans made from polymer clay, swimming along a chain bracelet with beads of aquamarine to represent the water. The religious symbolism of the song will also be incorporated where the design allows. Each piece will be created by Rosie Pollard who has been designing jewellery professionally for seven years, specialising in gemstone beads which she sources personally from the Far East. From 11am Monty the Cat will be serving Bellinis and jewelled biscuits to all visitors.

The Library

Friday, 18th December: opening at 2.15 pm
'Jingle Bells' at
The Library, Civic Centre, Prospect Place, AL6 9ER

Produced by the staff and children of Tenterfield Nursery in collaboration with the library staff, the window will feature a wide array of bells in many different forms. The window will be opened during the normal Friday afternoon story slot - do please bring your children along.

18 Church Street

Saturday, 19th December: opening at 4.00 pm
'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' at
18 Church Street, AL6 9LX

The 'Heavenly Host' will be visible through the window to the right of the front door. It will consist of two large groupings of over 50 angel pictures. The angel choir will be at window sill level, and the angel orchestra suspended from the ceiling. There will be two deliberate mistakes in the pictures should anyone wish to study them! Lighting will be provided (not all night) and there could be a distant sound of carol singing at intervals. The producer, Roger Aubrey, has given slide lectures on religious art for over 30 years.

Hill & Co

Sunday, 20th December: opening at 11.00 am
'Good King Wenscelas' at
Hill & Co, 5 High Street, AL6 9QE

Designed and created by the St Mary's Junior Church Group 'Sparklers' aged between 3 and 7, with a little help from their friends and probably quite a lot of mess! They will create the main characters of this well-loved carol in 3-D using plaster of paris bandage and a range of other materials including, of course, glitter and sparkles, to cloak the King in vibrant colours. The 'Poor Man' gathering winter fuel will be depicted in drab and dreary clothes highlighting the difference in status between the two and creating a thought-provoking scene. The 'Sparklers' children meet weekly during the Sunday 9.30 am service where they enjoy learning about Bible stories through a range of activities including craft and drama. This window will be 'revealed' after the Family Communion Service with Nativity which starts in St Mary's Church at 9.30 am.

This evening there will be a beautiful candlelit Carol Service in St Mary's at 6.30 pm.

The Old Chequers

Monday, 21st December: opening at 5.00 pm
'Oh Christmas Tree' at
The Old Chequers, 28 Church Street, AL6 9LX

Produced by the staff and children of the Chrysalis School for Autism this window will be made up of a series of Christmas Trees using montage techniques and materials such as tissue paper and sparkly bits. The Chrysalis School based in Codicote follows the applied behaviour analysis approach, where children aged 5 - 14 receive 1:1 support throughout the day.

The Rose & Crown

Tuesday, 22nd December: opening at 6.00 pm
'Do They Know it's Christmas?' at
The Rose & Crown, 14 Church Street, AL6 9LX

This will feature a beautifully composed array of hand-made creatures suspended at different angles and heights within the window. Each creature will be painted with florescent, glittery, silver or gold leaf paint with textures and mosaic mirrors to bring the window to life - with sparkly energy to excite window-gazers. The creatures will vary in size to create a depth to the window and will include mystical animals like unicorns. Produced by Annette O'Donnell from Artskool-kids an established Art School and Afterschool club for all ages, established locally in 2003 in Welwyn Village.

The Barber’s Shop

Wednesday, 23rd December: opening at 12 noon
'The Christmas Song' at
The Barber's Room, 30 High Street, AL6 9EQ

Created by local artist Kimberley Bevan and inspired by the Christmas Song by Nat King Cole, the window display will celebrate the essence and magic of Christmas. Hand made from wallpaper the window will transport the viewer back in time and space, looking out of the window to a traditional carol concert while Santa rides across a moon lit sky. With the choir's candle lights flickering into the night, and jackfrost nipping at their noses, wrap up warm and make sure you see this very special Christmas window. Kimberley graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Applied Media Arts and was awarded a fellowship with Digswell Arts Trust, where she has a studio. Since graduation Kim has exhibited in London, Hertfordshire and Holland, and enjoys teaching a variety of Art Classes for all ages and abilities. The Barber's Room will be providing refreshments to celebrate their window opening.

St Mary’s Church

Thursday, 24th December: Crib Service at 3.30 pm
'Away in a Manager' at
St Mary's Church, Church Street, AL6 9LX

The Nativity Scene will be installed, and The Baby Jesus placed in the crib under the altar during the Crib Service. We normally have a full church for this very special service for children on Christmas Eve, so please be kind enough to park buggies in New Church House - churches unfortunately weren't built for buggies! The church is normally open from 9.30 am to 3.45 pm each day if you would like to view it at another time.

Also this evening in St Mary's, Midnight Mass will begin at 11.00 pm.

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St Marys Church

Thursday 24th December

'Away in a Manager' in
St Mary's Church,
Church Street

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